A lazy Friday evening in the beer garden catching up with friends, arguing about the relative merits of British cuisine and listening to a range of pets-getting-in-the-way stories (I’ll leave it at that), culminated in making friends with a couple of Czech guys sitting on a nearby table. Conversation soon turned to music and, subsequently, local artists worth checking out. Which brings me to DJ Wich.
I’ve always maintained a healthy scepticism towards Czech hip hop. It’s not enough to simply carry a bit of attitude. The beats, flow and melody have to be there too and that’s a rare enough occurrence (although there are several notable exceptions).
Wich and Prague-based American rapper Nironic hover somewhere above the rest. Kicking off with a heartfelt vocal sample (somebody tell me who it is, I bet it’s obvious) and a low-key yet instantly catchy organ part, Dreaming has an effortlessly quality. It doesn’t need to try too hard to be this good. The beat lollops along trying to keep up with Nironic’s sharp yet uplifting lyrics, creating a human feel and providing a solid platform for an extremely emotive melody.
I’m a fan, check out more of Dj Wich’s music on his Soundcloud page and catch Nironic on Facebook.
Following a whiskey-tastic weekend at Mighty Sounds, I’m feeling rather punk-rocked out and in need of something a bit more downtempo to settle myself down for the coming week. As it happens, Soundcloud has just the medicine for me in the form of this beautiful track from Czech producer Ower. He’s been on our radar for some time, usually due to his laid back dnb productions. Reflections is something different, blending a rather mournful melody with ghostly vocal snippets and bass that sounds as though it’s enjoying taking a bit of a breather from it’s regular dnb gig . Instead it’s lazing around on a deck chair shouting out occasional instructions. Stunning stuff. Check out Ower’s Soundcloud page to hear more of this music.
Listen to this! Just stop everything else you are doing, close your eyes and listen. And then listen again. Slovakian producer Keosz has been blowing us away for a while now with his dark take on atmospheric, bassy electronica, but he’s just gone and raised the bar.
The product of a collaboration with a duo from Brighton known as Fearful and featuring BlackLouis on the mic, Scars is easily one of the hardest hitting examples of bass music that I have heard this year. Everything about this track screams power and style, starting with the solitary kick drum drowned in ambient screeching, dropping with a surge of menacing bass and then exploding with the finest set of hats you could wish to hear (ok, ok, humour me, I like hats…). BlackLouis’ flow is flawless from beginning to end and the sound is nothing short of phenomenal.
This is truly the real deal. It’s out now on Citrus Recordings as part of the Scars EP. You can buy it on Beatport.
If you hasn’t heard of Keosz before, remember the name.